2015 Mentors

Research Mentors work with Research Collaborators and REU Participants and provide guidance on the visualization process for visualizing data. Research Mentors work with Resarch Collaborators to establish milestones for each project. Milestones are revisited and reassessed during the course of the summer program to ensure the visualization needs of projects are being met.

Vetria L. Byrd Jill Gemmill

Vetria L. Byrd is a Visualization Scientist with Clemson Computing and Information Technology Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration (CCIT-CITI). Dr. Byrd's duties include applying visualization techniques to assigned problems in knowledge domains such as life sciences, automotive engineering, and history/social sciences; educating and informing visualization experts regarding domain science applications; in collaboration with high performance/high throughput computing experts, developing and maintaining training materials; and working with faculty at partner institutions in South Carolina to an expanded community that is familiar with available visualization tools and expertise at Clemson University. Vetria develops and maintains a series of visualization workshops designed to introduce visualization to the Clemson Community, provide participants with hands on experience with visualization tools and serves as a starting point for utilizing visualization resources as an effective approach to gaining insight into research data. Vetria holds a PhD in Computer Science (with a focus on Bioinformatics), and Master's Degrees in Biomedical Engineering (Medial Imaging) and Computer Science (Bioinformatics).

Jill Gemmill is an Associate Research Professor of Computer Science at Clemson University. Dr. Gemmill has continuously mentored female students, colleagues and collaborators throughout her 30+ years as a computer professional; one third of those years were spent developing data analytics and three dimensional visualization in neuroscience research. Dr. Gemmill has published 33 articles and 2 technical books; is cited for technical contributions in 16 publications; has given 41 invited talks; and obtained more than $24 million dollars in federal research funding. Recent activities include organizing cyberinfrastructure awareness and education through partnerships and conferences co-hosted with South Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Research Collaborators

Dr. Ronald Andrus is a Professor of Civil Engineering. Dr. Andrus has extensive experience on the evaluation of seismic hazards, field and laboratory testing of geological materials.
Ronald Andrus
Civil Engineering
Dr. Qiushi Chen is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Clemson University. His research focuses on modeling and predicting behavior of geomaterials (such soil, rock) under complex environment. Please visit Dr. Chen's group website (http://www.clemson.edu/ces/geomechanics/) for more details of Dr. Chen's research interest.
Qiushi Chen
Civil Engineering
F. Alex Feltus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Clemson University - Dept. Genetics & Biochemistry
Alex Feltus
Genetics & Biochemistry
Athletics Coach, Sports Information
Jonathan Gantt  
Katie Giacalone is an Extension Associate, coordinator of the Carolina Clear program and the Director of the Clemson Center for Watershed Excellence. Katie's background includes monitoring, microbial source tracking, GIS, watershed restoration and protection plan development, shoreline restoration, stormwater outreach and program development, and building regional collaboration.
Katie Giacalone  
Gabriel Hankins specializes in Digital Humanities and early 20th century literature. His primary research project concerns networks of literary correspondence, and new ways they might be visualized and investigated.
Academic website http://www.modmaps.net/tcllp/
Gabriel Hankins  
Athletics Coach, Sports Information
Jeff Kallin  
Dr. Catherine Mobley is a Professor of Sociology at Clemson University. In recent years, her research has focused on sustainability, environmental sociology, and technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Her focus is on identifying the human factors (cultural, social, economic and political) that influence environmental and educational policies. She has more than 15 years of experience conducting evaluations, developing surveys (traditional and web-based), conducting in-depth interviews, and moderating focus groups. A Clemson University alumna, prior to her arrival at Clemson University, Dr. Mobley worked or consulted for a variety of organizations, including the RAND Corporation, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Planning Research Corporation, and the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
Catherine Mobley  
Dr. Mount’s pioneering research program (www.clemson.edu/okeanos) is dedicated to understanding the molecular and cellular biology of marine invertebrate organisms. His current research interests include the application of modern marine genomics and bioinformatics to develop a bias free understanding of molluscan immunity and cellular biomineralization systems, both of which appear to be tightly coupled to the organism’s ability to compensate to external stressors, such as ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is a process in which atmospheric carbon dioxide of anthropogenic origin has dissolved into seawater making it acidic and corrosive.
Andrew Mount  
Dr. Sara Riggs' research interests include Human factors in complex, data-rich environments such as aviation, military operations, and healthcare. Specifically interested in the design and evaluation of multimodal displays (those including vision, audition, and touch), understanding perceptual and cognitive limitations, and adaptive interface design.
Sara Riggs  
Dr. Smith’s current research activities focus on the applied use of emerging heterogeneous computing architectures. Her research group is interested in the performance computer architectures for various application domains including scientific applications (modeling and simulation), high-performance or real-time embedded applications, and medical and image processing. Her group explores optimization techniques and performance analysis for emerging heterogeneous platforms, including many processors, Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) and Field-Programmable Gate Array-based (FPGA-based) reconfigurable computers. Also of interest are the tools and methodologies that are needed to efficiently and effectively program and utilize these architectures.
Melissa Smith  
Dr. Bo Song's research interests include: 1. Assessing the Damages of the Southern Pine Beetle Infestation to the Viewsheds of South Carolina Using Modeling, GIS, and 3D Visualization. 2. To Continue Monitoring the Recovery of Coastal Plain Forests from Hurricane Hugo. 3. Spatial Data Visualization on Modeling Outputs From Landfire. 4. Long-term recovery and dynamics of coastal plain forests following catastrophic disturbance of a category IV hurricane. 5. Critical Zone Observatories.
Bo Song  
Dr. White's environmental research has focused on the effects of land-based activities and the relation to changes in biological communities with a focus on phytoplankton and nutrient dynamics in estuarine environments. These research efforts were integrated with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and geostatistics to address spatial variation and classification issues of the ecological parameters under study.
David White  

REU Funded by NSF ACI Award 1359223

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